Saturday, February 23, 2008

Lambert, Hendricks & Ross (1959)

This is Lambert, Hendricks & Ross performing scat singing in 1959 backed up by the Count Basie rhythm section. In vocal jazz, scat singing is vocal improvisation with nonsense words and syllables or without words at all. Scat singing gives singers the ability to sing improvised melodies and rhythms, to create the equivalent of an instrumental solo using their voice.

The trio was formed by jazz vocalists Dave Lambert, Jon Hendricks and Annie Ross. The three worked together as a vocalese group between 1957 and 1962. Lambert, Hendricks & Ross were voted Best Vocal Group in the Down Beat Readers Poll from 1959 to 1963.

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